Friday, 3 February 2017

SOG Trident Folding Karambit Claw Knife

Re-starting my knife collecting with earnest. Due to new commitments, my primary hobby of watch collecting (see: & will now take a back seat while I focus on knives. The change is purely due to the cost factor.

For 2017, the SOG Trident Folding Karambit Claw Knife was the first target. I got the watch from eBay Malaysia.

This folding knife has a handle length of 127 mm. The blade length is 70 mm. When fully extended, the total length of the knife is 178 mm. At its widest, the knife is 50 mm wide and it has an thickness of 13 mm (excluding the belt clip). The blade is made out of 440 stainless steel with a hardness rating of 54HRC. Meanwhile, the handle material is ABS plastic.

This particular model has the reddish desert camouflage. It comes with a belt clip and the blade is locked in place by a linear lock.

Both sides of the ABS handles are attached to the knife to a metal frame for added rigidity. It has a skeletonised design where the linear lock lever can clearly be seen. There are also four holes in the frame and handles (apart from the large finger ring at the hilt of the knife) to further enhanced the skeleton look of the knife.

Extending the blade can be done by either manipulating the finger tab near the guard; or via the thumb stud at the left side of the ricasso (there is no stud on the opposite side which implies this knife is not ambidextrous - the current design makes it more useful to a right-hander); or just grabbing the blade with two fingers and folding it open.

Note of caution: the blade needs to move at a quick pace so as to get the linear lock to set in place correctly. Moving the blade in position slowly may provide the necessary momentum to the linear lock to catch. Therefore, always make sure the lock is in position before attempting to use the knife.

The karambit is believed to have originated among the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra where, according to folklore, it was inspired by the claws of big cats. It was originally an agricultural implement designed to rake roots, gather threshing and plant rice. It was popular among women who would tie the weapon into their hair to be used in self-defense. Even today, silat practitioners regard it as a feminine weapon.

The karambit is held with the blade pointing downward from the bottom of the fist, usually curving forwards however occasionally backwards. While it is primarily used in a slashing or hooking motion, karambit with a finger ring are also used in a punching motion hitting the opponent with the finger ring. Some karambit are designed to be used in a hammering motion. This flexibility of striking methods is what makes it so useful in self-defense situations. The finger guard makes it difficult to disarm and allows the knife to be maneuvered in the fingers without losing one's grip.

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Victorinox Penknife with collaboration with IMD

Was given this Victorinox Penknife by IMD in a training course which they conducted in Westin Resort & Spa, Langkawi.

A simple tool with 7 implements that can handle more than 10 types of jobs.

The main blade is approximately 2 inches long.

Monday, 14 March 2016

IBPA Penknife, corporate gift

Got this corporate gift from IBPA. A pocketknife made in China. Low quality. Good as a letter opener.

Friday, 19 February 2016

ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS Chef's knive 33601-200 (8")

This is an 8" kitchen knife that I use in the kitchen that is made in Germany.

Excellent knife. Ice hardened and stain free.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Victorinox Penknife in Black

I got this Victorinox penknife in black on Mount Titlis, Switzerland. It is approximately 11 cm with all the tools in place.

It has 10 different tools. The knife is 8 cm long and its locked open using a simple catch (see below).

The tools upon extension.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Benchmade Knife Company - Folding Knife - 550BKHG Griptilian

My brother gave me this folding knife for my birthday a couple of years ago. Made by the Benchmade Knife Company.

The reference for the knife is  550BKHG Griptilian.

It comes with a user manual as well as a cloth pouch.

When folded, the knife has a large hole for ease of gripping. The safety latch that locks the mechanism in place can be seen on the bottom left of the knife.

On full extension, the knife is approximately 210 mm long. The blade is blacken for effect.

The locking mechanism close-up.

I was told by my brother that knives from this Company are great as the blades retain their sharpness longer and very durable.

There is also a pocket clip attached to the handle.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Luminox - Swiss Made - Penknife

This is a penknife from the Luminox watch company. Not a part of their product line, more of a corporate gift kind of product for them.

Has a number of useful functions. Generally follows the design of the famous Swiss Army Knives.

The unique feature I find on this penknife is the three rubber ribs close to the edge of the knife.

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